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The Bible has been the most influential text in all of Western culture. It's difficult to understand medieval or early modern or much of modern literature without knowing it...

Prof. Barbara Newman, Northwestern University
from 2006 Bible Literary project


It's not that it's impossible to read some writers without a Biblical background, but that you would miss a whole dimension to their work.

Prof. Steven Goldsmith, University of California at Berkeley
from 2006 Bible Literary Project


I can only say that if a student doesn't know any Bible literature, he or she will simply not understand whole elements of Shakespeare, Sidney, Spenser, Milton, Pope, Wordsworth

Prof. Robert Kiely, Harvard University
from 2006 Bible Literary Project


...there is truth in the remark. "without Tyndale[Bible translator], no Shakespeare"...

Prof. David Daniell, University College London
from The Bible in English


You can't really study Western literature intelligently or coherently without starting with the Bible.

Prof. Gerald L. Bruns, University of Notre Dame
from 2006 Bible Literary Project


...a familiar understanding of Christian doctrine in historical perspective thus contributes to a fuller appreciation of Shakespeare's art, but Shakespeare's art

Prof. Roland M. Frye
from Shakespeare and the Christian Doctrine


In English tradition and also for an American tradition begun by Puritan writers, a knowledge of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament is even more crucial than classical references.

Prof. Ulrich Knoefplmacher, Princeton University
from 2006 Bible Literary Project


There is no book more important for our culture than the Bible, and it is fundametal to the study of English literature and language.

Prof. David Jasper and Prof. Stephen Prickett
from the Bible and literature

Teaching English through the Bible training starts 27 Nov!

We are pleased to announce that there will be a 4-lesson course on “Learning English through the Bible” on 27 Nov 2010, 4 Dec 2010, 11 Dec 2010 and 18 Dec 2010 in Hong Kong. Details are as follows:

Instructor: Jenny Wong (Assistant Professor, Beijing Normal University Hong Kong Baptist University, United International College) Fanny Cheung (Advisory Teacher, Education Bureau, HK Government)

Course description:
Do you know that a lot of modern day expressions come from the Bible? The Bible is a source of inspiration for writers like Shakespeare and a major source of English idioms. If you “go the extra mile to help your friend, “eat, drink and be merry” during happy hours, you are quoting from the Bible.

In this course, you will be able to appreciate the beauty of the English Bible by learning its idiomatic expressions, rhetorical devices and influence in the Western world. Towards the end of the course, you will learn how to apply such knowledge in conducting English classes or interest groups with biblical references in schools, churches or family settings.

Target audience: Christians, particularly those interested in teaching Bible courses

Date: 27 Nov 2010, 4 Dec 2010, 11 Dec 2010 and 18 Dec 2010 (Sat)

Time: 10am – 12pm
Fee: HK$500 (an additional $100 administrative fee will be levied if enrolled after 20 Nov 2010)

Venue: Christian Times Office, 11/F Quality Education Tower, 476 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Enrollment method: Please fill out the form as attached and fax it at 852-2785 8335, or call Ms Chik at 2785 7688 for queries.

Enroll now to avoid disappointment!

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Search idiom or name

A lot of phrases, such as "two-edged sword" and " an eye for an eye", are taken from the English Bible. Learning the stories behind these idioms is fun, and can help boost your vocabulary. Click here to find out now!

What's in a name?

Common names such as Joseph and Rachel have their origins in the Bible. Want to know their stories before picking the right name for yourself? Click here to find out.